Sunday, October 25, 2009

New Post!

It has been a while.
Jill had the flu but is better. The kids are all healthy. I am healthy.
Utterly boring, but that is the state of our health.

Yesterday, I got to have a day to myself. I went up to a buddies farm in northern Iowa and sat in a deer stand looking for whitetail deer.
Anyone who has bow hunted can tell you that there is a LOT of waiting in a stand.
So while I sat there, I thought about things. Quite a bit about family and how my life has changed in the last three years. For the better, without question. Life is much much busier now. To have a day to myself is pretty rare. Usually there are 5,000 things that need to be done... and laundry.
So the opportunity to be by myself with the peace and quite of squirrels, birds, bugs, and the wind rustling through the tree branches comes very infrequently, now. After a while I realized how much I miss the time to enjoy nature and the beauty of all creation. It is so peaceful and calming, and for me, really gives my mind a chance to wander and reflect on all I am grateful for.
As I type this post, Jill is following the 30 day shred, Kyle is screaming and crying and Kat is alternating between jumping jacks with mom and crying for attention. So I have to cut this reflective post short and get back to life.

Monday, October 5, 2009

What, a weekend?

I fear this is a losing battle. Knock on wood, I am still not sick. Really.
Wife coughs on me all night long.
The boy stuck his hand in my mouth yesterday.
The girl wouldn't sleep Sunday night. When I was holding her, she sneezed on me.
We canned 26 quarts of chili over the weekend, along with 18 quarts of diced tomatoes.
I made a batch of fuel and did 6 loads of laundry.
But I am not sick...

Friday, October 2, 2009

Sick people everywhere

Knock on wood.
I haven't been infected yet.
I feel like I am in the "Invasion of the Body Snatchers".
Wife is sick and nasty with coughing and how she sounds.
boy is happy and sick, smiling while he has snot running down his nose. He has no appetite because I think his tummy is full of mucus.
girl is sick and angry, she doesn't understand WHY she cannot breathe, she just wants desperately to breathe.
Not me. Not a cough. Sinus is clear. I am barricaded behind hand sanitizer and distance. and lysol. When I hold the boy or girl, I wash afterward. If I share the bed with the sick wife, I lay on the edge, on my side, facing away. If she touches me I spray with lysol and use hand sanitizer.
I am seriously thinking of moving to the basement. Better might be to move into a hotel for a week or so.
I'm gonna survive this... Yep, I am gonna stay healthy.
I was sick last time, but I am not gonna get it this time.